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September 19, 1954, Cenon, Vienne:

Reference number for this case: 19-sep-54-Cenon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. po1:] "LE LIBRE POITOU" NEWSPAPER:

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A farmer from VOUNEUIL-SUR-VIENNE saw a saucer and touched a "cuirass" (?)

A strange story is told by Yves David, 28, a farmer at Les Breloux, Community of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne.

He is, however, a man worthy of faith. Let him speak:

"On Sunday, September 18, I was returning from a sale in Targé, and I was driving on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil-sur-Vienne to my home.

The headlight of my moped did not function very well. Suddenly, between the Poutereau and the Rabotes, I could see a mass in the middle of the road.

"My surprise was great when I saw a kind of cuirass (like a diver) advancing towards me.

"This cuirass stopped at my height, stroked my arm and emitted some inarticulate sounds, and I did not move.

Then the cuirass retreated, and only a few yards away I saw a machine which I cannot describe.

"A green light appeared which paralyzed me and I was unable to move.

"The craft rose from the ground at the vertical and disappeared without any noise."

some may be surprised that Mr. David did not alert the gendarmerie sooner.

He told us that he had told his adventure to his wife and had asked one of his friends to make a discreet investigation as to whether anyone else had seen the craft.

"I was afraid, if I spoke, to be scoffed," he concluded.

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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Flying saucers

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Mr. L..., who gave us this statement, added: " At the beginning, I did not want to talk about it, but with the news which appeared these last days in the Press, it seems to me that it could contribute to add one more testimony to the "flying saucers" file."

It seems, indeed, that we are again in the presence of one of these mysterious craft which would have been posed a few moments (in what intention?) on the plains of the area of Aigues-Mortes.

The really disconcerting testimony of a doctor and fifteen people

Doctor Martinet, dermatologist in Chambéry, saw a flying saucer evolving above the cross of Nivollet.

- "About fifteen people, he states, can testify of that."

The doctor and his wife returned by car from the col du Chat [pass of the Cat], when they saw over the cross of Nivollet, 2.000 meters of altitude approximately, "a dark aluminum gray mass". The doctor stopped his vehicle, to follow the evolutions of the machine. Three other cars also stopped.

- "I observed my watch, said the doctor. It was 17. 8 ' 40 ". At 17:16 whereas it was presented its face, i.e. in the form of disc, I distinguished a clear zone in the center of the machine and dark spots around. The machine went down right above the teleferic station from the Revard, then disappeared suddenly at the speed of a lightning."

Meanwhile, about fifteen people had grouped around Doctor Martinet and made the same observations he did.

In the departments of the Rhone, Isère, Drôme and Savoy, many people claim to have seen, these last days, with more or less clearness, craft having sometimes the shape of cigars, sometimes of discs.

The divers of the sky are cherishing

In the Vienne, a 28 year old farmer, Mr. Yves David, living in Brouloux, community of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, met, on the road of Cenon to Vouneuil, a kind of "diver". The latter "caressed" his arms, emitted unintelligible sounds then moved towards a machine that Mr. David cannot describe, and which rose without noise vertically, then disappeared at full speed.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR-MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

In the manner of Wells heroes

A farmer in the Vienne saw advancing towards him an interplanetary diver

In the Lyonese, a Parisian filmed a "flying cigar"

Châtellerault, September 29 -. Mr. Yves David, 28-year-old, farmer in Broudoux, community of Verneuil-sur-Vienna, stated to have seen advancing towards him, on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil, on September 19 at 10 p.m., a kind of diver.

The latter, he says, came to caress his arm, emitted unintelligible sounds and withdrew towards a craft (that Mr. David cannot describe). A green beam of light was projected in his direction, nailing him on the spot, then the machine disappeared in the sky vertically, without any noise. Mr. David states that initially he did not want to tell anything of this weird encounter for fear of ridicule. He however informed a friend of his, asking him whether other people had seen the "diver". That's how the country knew about it.

Air carrousel in the Lyonese

Lyon, September 29. -- Between September 15 and 20, several people in the Lyons area, announced to have seen flying saucers. A 15-year-old young man, Mr. Roland M... says: "On the 15th at approximately 11 p.m., I was within approximately 200 meters of the fort of Feyzin (the Isère) when my attention was caught by a white light. I was then amazed to see, detached in the sky, ten meters above the ground, a dark spot from where a sharp light similar to the combustion of a magnesium spot emerged."

The black "shape" seemed slightly elliptic.

Arrived at about fifty meters of this "space ship", I was amazed to hear a deaf noise like that of a wet rocket, I even saw at the same time a shower of sparks spout out of the lower part of the craft. Then all of a sudden, like a rocket, it rose at a tremendous speed, perhaps 4000 or 5000 km/h." In addition, residents of Chaudelas [sic] (the Ardeche) saw on September 17 in the sky, a craft of the shape of a torpedo with the front more luminous than the rest. Was it of an aerolith or an interplanetary apparatus? It will never be known. Lastly, in Lyons, Mrs. J T... indicates that on the 18th at 3:55 a.m., she saw a craft which went back in the sky vertically at a vertiginous pace.

Another testimony, perhaps the most important, was provided to us by Mr. René Valery, artistic director of the Olympia in Paris. Mr. Valery was in Lyon and he stated to us that he had, as well as his wife, sighted a curious "cigar" whereas they were, on Thursday 16, in Savigny, in the Rhone. "It was approximately 6 p.m., he told us. We were walking, when we saw a craft at approximately 700 or 800 m of altitude. It went up vertically without the least engine noise."

Behind it, it left a broad trail of white smoke. It could not be a matter, in my opinion, he still told us, of a jet plane, I would have heard the whistling sound, because of the proximity of the machine. Moreover, this cigar had by no means the shape of a jet."

Mr. Valery, who does not seem to be able to admit, in spite of the testimony of his senses, that he saw a flying saucer, was carrying an 8 mm movie camera. He hastened to film the evolutions of the aerial object.

Perhaps he will know Thursday, while going to get his developed film, if he were as well as his wife, the subject of an hallucination or if, on the contrary, it was really of one of these famous saucers. He waits for Thursday without impatience, the more so as the visibility was not very good and that he fears to have perhaps missed his "saucer".

Let us add that the saucers are not an invention of our century. Indeed, an extract of the memories of the Emulation society of the Jura, for 1864, under the title "Flaming globes" reports the following lines:

"On January 20, 1859 at 04:35 a.m., by a rather strong rain, but a calm and a very black night, the atmosphere was suddenly illuminated by a very bright white light which made it possible to distinguish from far away the objects with a great accuracy. This light was due to a luminous sphere slipping through space from the south to the north, at a great speed. Large numbers of people who, frightened, left their house, believed in a fire. This phenomenon was seen from Lyon to Strasbourg." [Perfect description of a meteor.]

Four other observations of this kind, but less remarkable, are noted on the registers at the following dates: January 10, 1847, November 13 and 17, 1848, and August 11, 1850.

"They must be distinguished from the incandescent spheres which are seen during storms [ball lightning], since their appearance always takes place by a calm weather, without detonation and giving a sharp light."

At the sight of a flying saucer, a locomotive driver falls sick.

MM. Gérard, mechanic and Paroux, driver, who led a wildcat locomotive engine, coming from Nantes, saw yesterday evening, whereas they passed by the location "La Butte Rouge", community of St Nicolas-de-Redon (the Ille and Vilaine), a machine which rose from nearby marshes. This machine, of a certain length, which was followed of a luminous trail, flew during ten seconds above the locomotive and disappeared in the sky. Whereas the mechanic kept his cool, the driver on the other hand, was so frightened that he fell sick and had to undergo a medical examination this morning.

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MONDE" NEWSPAPER:

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FLYING SAUCERS
and the dispiples
of the Christ of Montfavet

The flying saucers continue with obstinacy their exploration of the French sky, in particular, during these last twenty-four hours, above the area of Dauphiné. Without one being able to predict yet big things on the intentions of their occupants, their sympathy to the race of men appears acquired. Undoubtedly, only the fear of a hostile welcome makes them still hesitate to make closer contacts with the Earthmen.

Thus a farmer of the Vienne, Mr. Yves David, living in Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, revealed yesterday that a "celestial diver", met by chance on the road, had carressed his arm" while utterring unintelliggibles sounds". But, probably disappointed by the little eagerness of Mr. David to tie relations, he had gone up in its machine and had disappeared almost instantaneously in the sky...

An inhabitant of Valence, Mrs. L..., made a similar encounter yesterday. Unfortunately for our knowledge of things Martians, Mrs. L..., seized with terror, hid behind a hedge and closed her eyes. When she reopened them a little later, it was to see rising from the field which bordered the path a luminous disc emitting a whistling sound...

A locomotive driver, Mr. Paroux, was no less frightened than Mrs. L... by seeing the other evening above the marshes of Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon (the Ille-et-Vilaine) a mysterious machine which followed a luminous trail. He fell sick from that and had to pass a medical examination...

Optical errors? Hallucinations? No, answer the disciples of the Christ of Montfavet, who have just stated that these flying saucers of which everyone makes fun are the irrefutable proof that their guide, George Roux, is really the Christ making a second coming...

Nobody so far had thought of that...

[Ref. ss1:] "SAMEDI SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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"Oumph... Grobezabri.. Trobobranana..."

Les Breloux (Vienne), Sunday, September 19, 1954, 10 p.m.

Yves David, farmer (it seems that farmers are particularly favored!) returns to his farm by motorcycle. He rides merrily on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil and the only thing that bothers him is that its loose headlights is tilted to the ground.

Well! He will arrive anyway. Yet between Poutereau and Rebotes, he slows down because he does not care to go into the ditch. Of course, when he goes slower the brilliance of his headlight decreases because the dynamo delivers less power and if he stops there is no light at all.

It is exactly what he is suddenly forced to do because all of a sudden in front of him in the middle of the road, "a metal encased diver" just appeared.

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Yves strongly brakes. The diver, which measures about 1 m. 50, advances and like Mr. Mazaud's Martian, takes the hand of Yves. However he is less affectionate because he did not kiss him. Fortunately, as Yves felt a slight electric current and feeling cold. By cons, be talking about. An incomprehensible language course.

- Oumph ... .. Grobezabri Trobobranana!

Then the bottom diver retreat to a dark mass posed on the road. Yves will he set off in pursuit like Marius Dewilde? No, because, as in Quarouble, a powerful green beam of light sprang from the machine and stops the victim in the posture when he set foot on the ground, both hands on the handlebars, standing, the bike frame between the legs. The craft then rises vertically without making a sound, the beam goes off, Yves David can finally move. The scene lasted thirty seconds.

Under the seal of secrecy, Yves has told the case to a friend, after also telling it to his wife and his parents. In short, eight days later, everyone knew. The police investigated and the secret services too. They recorded the statements of the witness.

Today, our special correspondent writes to us that Yves David became a very important person man in his community. Some days ago, when A circus passed in Chatellerault, Yves, carried by force on the podium, where a famous radio program was recorded, recounted in detail his encounter with the "diver" of the flying saucer. He was much applauded, it seems.

Probably nobody thought to ask him if he had been aware of the previous adventures of Messrs. Mazaud and Dewilde as his own is a quite striking synthesis of those? And even if it had been asked... Can we demand of a man the whole country is speaking about, and who speaks to the world through radio, to recognize a mistake, or at least an exaggeration? Put yourself in the place of Yves David.

[Photo caption:] Yves David from Les Breloux (Vienne) received instead of a kiss, a "martial" handshake. The diver this time accompanied his "green ray" by a brief unintelligible speech.

[Ref. be1:] "BRIDGETON EVENING NEWS" NEWSPAPER:

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French Saucers

Flying saucers stories originated in the United States, spread to Canada, and have now burst out in France. The French saucer tales have a Gallic quality that adds to their fascination.

For instance, a French farmer claims that he was walking along a lonely road, a creature came up to him, caressed his arms, and made inintelligible noises. Then it moved off in a waiting saucer says the farmer, which could not see because he was blinded and temporarily paralyzed by a green ray directed at him. (Only in France would a creature from outer space caress a man who chanced upon him on a lonely road.)

Then a former artillery observer in France reported he saw a dark-gray object hovering over some mountains at about 6000 feet. As he stopped his car to look, the mass suddenly "shot away like lightning and disappeared". The element of romance is missing here, but not that of wonder.

It's impossible to say that flying saucers don't exist; certainly stories about them appear universal. But so, at one time, did stories of witches and fairies come from all over the world. What is universal today is the jitters. It may be these, along with the fantastic devices assembled by science, that cause people to see things in the sky which exist only in their imaginations.

[Ref. fd1:] "FRANCE-DIMANCHE" NEWSPAPER:

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Les Breleux, near Poitiers

This saucer is like a reversed bottle. It comprises a small diver who comes to rub while grunting against people's shoulders. It was observed in the middle of the road by Mr. David, farmer [...]

[Ref. fd2:] JOURNAL "FRANCE-DIMANCHE":

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6. ... le cultivateur un bocal

On September 16, at 10:30 p.m., Mr. David (opposite), farmer at the Breloux, close to Poitiers, returned home by motorcycle. Suddenly, he saw, on the road, in the light of his headlights, within twenty meters of him, a long brown bump (above): he stopped, and, "a small diver" coming out of the ditch rubbed against his shoulder while pushing growls. The being then rushed into the brown mass which had the shape of a reversed pot, the machine rose and disappeared at once.

[Ref. us1] USAF PROJECT BLUE BOOK ARCHIVE:

"OUMPH... GROBEZABRI.. TROBOBRANANA..."

Les Breloux (Vienne), Sunday, Sept. 19 1954, 10 P.M.:

Yves David, a farm worker (it seems as though they are particularly favoured), was returning to his farm by motorcycle. He was rolling merrily along the Cenon-Vouneuil road, with nothing to worry him but the fact that his headlamp had come unfastened and was pointing to the ground. Between Poutereau and Les Rebotes, he slowed down, not caring to run into the ditch. Of course, when he did his light dimmed, since the dynamo drew less power; if he stopped altogether he would have no light at all.

But this was just what he was suddenly obliged to do, for suddenly, right in the middle of the road appeared "a helmet wearer covered with metal." He stepped on the brake violently. The helmet-wearer, who stood about 150 cm (4'11") tall, advanced, and, like M. Mazaud's Martian, took Yves's hand. However, he was less affectionate, and he did not embrace him. This was fortunate, since Yves felt a slight electric shock and a sensation of cold at his touch. On the other hand, the being spoke. His langage, of course, was incomprehensible:

"Oumph... Grobezabri... Trobrobranana"

Then the helmet-wearer beat a retreat, bounding off toward a dark mass sitting on the road. Was Yves going to rush in pursuit of him, like Marius Dewilde? No, for, just as at Quarouble, a powerful green luminous beam shot forth from the craft and immobilized the unfortunate fellow in the posture in which he had dismounted, standing with the motorcycle between his legs and his hands on the handlebars. The machine then rose vertically, making no noise whatever, and the ray went out. Yves David could move again. The scene had lasted thirty seconds.

Under the seal of secrecy, Yves confided the affair to a friend, his wife, and his relatives. A week later everyone knew about it. The police and also the Renseignement généraux (something like FBI?) investigated. They took down the witness's statements.

Today, writes our special correspondant, Yves David has become a prominent man of his community. Some days ago, when a circus came to Châtellerault, Yves was forcibly dragged to the podium where a well-known radio program was being recorded, to tell in details of his meeting with the helmet-wearer of the flying saucer. It seems that he was warmly applauded.

No doubt nobody has ever thought to ask him whether he was aware of the previous adventures of MM. Mazaud and Dewilde, of which his own represents a rather striking synthesis. And even if one did... Can one require a man whom the whole country is talking about, and who adresses the world by means of the radio, to admit an exaggeration, if not an error? Put yourself in his place!

The above is a typewritten note stored in the Project Blue Book Archive. It was probably typed by the late ufologist Alex Mebane, who corresponded with French ufologist Aimé Michel at the time, and it is likely his translation of some French newspaper article.

[Ref. hw1:] HAROLD T. WILKINS:

The author indicates that in September 1954, Yves David, farmer of Chatellerault, in the Vienne, said that a creature dressed in scaphandrical attire like a deep-sea diver came up to him on a lonely road, burbled unintelligibly, paralyzed him with a green ray, and raced back to a saucer which took off silently into the sky. He was unable to describe the saucer.

[Ref. gb1] GRAY BARKER:



Another farmer, Yves David, of Chatterault [sic], also met up with an affectionate saucerman. The little gremlin. dressed up like "a sort of diver," came up to him on a lonely road, caressed his arm and burbled unintelligible noises to him. Then it went off toward its saucer. This particular saucerian, however, shot a green ray at the farmer as the machine whizzed away, and this temporarily paralized him.

[Ref. jg1:] JIMMY GUIEU:

The author indicates that on September 19, 1954 in France, Yves David, 28-year-old, farmer in Les Brouloux, community of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, rode by motorcycle on the road from Vouneuil to Cénon when he suddenly saw in the light of his headlight, 20 meters further, a kind of "long brown mass" approximately 3 meters long and 1 meter high.

He stopped and saw in amazement, coming out of the ditch bordering the road, a being of small size dressed in a kind of diving-suit who advanced towards him. The being came to rub against his shoulder while speaking to him in a not understood language, then it stepped back and quickly reached his craft.

At this time a beam of green light was projected from the spacecraft on Mr. David who was intantaneously paralysed and felt on all his body curous prickling resembling a weak electric discharge.

The green ray died out and the "cigar" took off to rush vertically towards the sky without any noise, leaving a greenish gleam behind.

Mr. David was very moved by this encounter and his paralysis and reached home as soon as the spacecraft cleared the road.

[Ref. tb1:] TED BLOECHER:

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The reports continued, amidst a background of "ordinary" sightings in unprecedeted number. On Sept. 19, Yves David of Poitiers had an experience similar to that of Mr. Mazaud$: this case furnishes us with another sample of extraterrestrial conversation. M. David heard the phrases: "Oumph... Grobezabri... Trobobranana!" This being was also wearing a helmet. 39

  • 39/ France Dimanche, 10/3/54: Samedi-Soir, 10/14/54

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aime Michel reports that on September 17, 1954, at approximately 10:30 p.m., close to Cénon, in the department of the Vienne, Yves David, resident of Montgamé (the Vienne), circulated on his bicycle on the secondary road 1, going from Vouneuil-sur-Vienne to Cénon, under a dark night since the moon, in this period of equinox and five days after its opposition, was not in the sky at 10:30 p.m.

The area is marshy, with hedges and many small woods, and Yves David could barely distinguish the road, hardly lit by the weak dynamo of his bicycle.

When he arrived near the location "Le Pontereau", close to Cénon, he was suddenly overwhelmed by a curious feeling of weakness, feeling in all his body a sort of swarming, of prickling, "as if I had been electrified".

He could not pedal anymore and stopped and went down of his bicycle. The dynamo not working anymore, he was then in the darkness. While he had been riding, his attention was concentrated on the small spot of light projected by its lamp, and it then took him a moment to be accustomed to the darkness and to see a little farther, whereas the unpleasant impression of ticking had not disappeared. In fact, he was paralyzed.

At this point in time he saw not far from him, posed on the road, a weird apparatus of which he evaluated the dimensions of the apparatus as much as it was possible in the half-light, as being three meters broad on one meter thickness.

He was terrified because he could not move, and he remained a long moment to observe the object which was motionless.

Then, he saw a silhouette detach from the dark mass and moving towards him. It was that of a being of small size, much smaller than a man, who advanced toward Yves David, touched him on the shoulder, emitted a sound similar to an non-human voice, which he could not understand. The being turned over towards the machine, where he disappeared.

A few seconds later, the dark mass projected a kind of greenish gleam and flew away "at a temendous speed and disappeared in the sky" above the trees.

At the same time, Yves David recovered the use of his members. While shaking with fear, he could go up on his bicycle and return at his place in Montgamé, where he told of his mishap.

[Ref. mc1:] "MICHEL CARROUGES":

Michel Carrouges indicates that the David observation is one of the cases in which the saucer pilot touched the hand or shoulder of the witness.

[Ref. jv8] JACQUES VALLEE - "FLYING SAUCER REVIEW":


Date Place Country Witnessed by Description of "Pilots" Total
17 Sept. 1954 Cenon-Voun France Y. David Very samll man in "diver's suit" strokes his arm, emits unintelligible and non-human sounds. 1

[Ref. rh1:] RICHARD HALL:

Richard Hall indicates that on September 17, 1954, in Cenon, the Vienne, France, Mr. Yves David was bicycling on a dark night when he felt a strange sensation of discomfort, a sort of prickling or itching all over his body. He said it was "Just as if I had had an electric shock." The disagreeable prickling sensation did not stop, and before long he was paralyzed, and then he noticed a dark object parked in the road ahead. From it came a small creature who touched him on the shoulder and uttered a sound that was inhuman and incomprehensible, after which the being returned to his UFO craft and sped away. At the same time, M. David recovered the use of his limbs.

[Ref. jv5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

123 -000.53730 46.71900 17 09 1954 22 30 105 VOUNEUIL / VIENNE F 011142 C 084

[Ref. lo1:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that a landing incident took place on September 17, 1954 at about 10:30 p.m. between Vouneuil-sur-Vienne and Cenon on Route D1, as Yves David was riding his bicycle along the road under a dark night without moon, in a wooded region with many bushes and hedges. His bicycle's headlight gave only a dim light and he could not see very well.

As he came near Le Pontereau, near Cenon, he felt a sensation of prickling and/or itching all over his body, somewhat like an electric shock. He was unable to continue, he stopped, got off the bicycle, and since his light worked off a generator fed by pedal power, it went out and he was then in total darkness.

The prickling sensation was still there and he felt paralyzed. But his eyes were getting used to the darkness and he noticed, a strange craft which he thought to be about 9 feet long and 3 feet high, posed not far ahead on the road.

He was then terrified, unable to move. He saw a silhouette move away from the dark mass and approach him, which was creature much smaller than a man. It came to him and touched him on the shoulder, uttering an incomprehensible and completely inhuman sound at the same time. It then moved back to the craft where it disappeared.

Seconds later the dark object gave off a greenish light and flew off at great speed, and was lost of sight in the sky.

As soon as the object left, Yves David recovered the use of his limbs. He got onto his bike and headed for his home at Pontgame where he told of his experience, trembling with fear.

[Ref. jv1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

The author indicates that on September 17, 1954, near Cenon, a farmer met a being dressed in a diving suit who made friendly gestures to him. This individual was very small and had an "inhuman and unintelligible" voice. The witness was unable to move all the time of the encounter. The being entered an object which was posed on the road and flew away "as fast as a lignting bolt", projecting a greenish light.

[Ref. ob1:] OTTO BINDER:

September 17, near Cenon. A farmer met a very small being in a diving suit, who made friendly gestures and spoke in an "inhuman and incomprehensible" voice.

And in the same book:

September 17, 1954, Cenon (Vienne), France. M. Yves David was bicycling on a dark night when he felt a strange sensation of discomfort - a sort of prickling or itching all over his body. "Just as if I had had an electric shock," he described it. The disagreeable prickling sensation did not stop, and before long he was paralyzed. It was then he noticed the dark object parked in the road ahead. From it came a small creature who touched him on the shoulder and uttered a sound that was inhuman and incomprehensible, after which he returned to his UFO craft and sped away. At the same time, M. David recovered the use of his limbs.

[Ref. jv2:] JACQUES VALLEE:

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Sep. 17, 1954, 10:30 P.M., Cenon (France).

Between Cenon and Vouneuil, Yves David, 28, met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures. He was very small and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move throughout the encounter. He saw the creature enter an object on the road, about 3 m by 1 m in size; it took off "like lightning," throwing a greenish light. (Le Figaro, La Croix, France-Soir, Le Parisien, 30 Sept. 1954) (11; M 58)

[Ref. pf1:] PARIS FLAMMONDE:

Paris Flammonde indicates that in "Chatterault" in France a man named Yves David claimed to have been caressed and green-rayed into partial paralysis by an extra-Earthian who abandoned him for an outbound saucer.

[Ref. lo2:] CORAL AND JIM LORENZEN:

The authors indicate that in Cenon, France, on September 17, 1954, a farmer claimed he met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures and "inhuman and incomprehensible" noises. He said that the creature was small and that during the encounter he was unable to move. The being entered an object which was resting on the road, and gave off a greenish light when it took off.

[Ref. gl1:] CHARLES GARREAU AND RAYMOND LAVIER:

The two ufologists and authors indicate that in Vouneuil in the department of the Vienne, on september 17, 1954 to 19:30, according to newspaper clipping and their personal file, Yves David, inhabitant of Montgame, was returning at his place riding a bicycle and arrived at the location called Le Pontereau, when he felt an odd impression.

He stopped, and felt like "electrified". He then saw a thre meters broad and one meter hight apparatus on the road. He saw a being of small size come out of it and which approaching him, who tapped on his shoulder and spoke to him using a strange language, which Yves David could not understand.

The small being then returned in his apparatus which disappears almost instantaneously, leaving a greenish gleam.

[Ref. pd1:] PIERRE DELVAL:

In his chapter on the cases of paralysis or drousiness of UFO witnesses during their experience, Pierre Delval indicates 12 cases from the French flap of 1954, among those, that in Cénon in the department of the Vienne, on September 17,1954 at 10:30 p.m..

Yves David, aged 28, farmer in the Brulous in Vouneuil, circulated by bicycle on the road going from Cenon to Vouneuil-sur-Vienne. He arrived at the location "Pontereau", when he was suddenly overwhelmed by a weird weakness.

He felt like an "electric swarming" in all his body. He sould not pedal anymore, and is got down of his bicycle with difficulty. His dynamo not functioning anymore, he found himself in the dark.

Gradually, his eyes got used to the darkness, and he managed to see around him, whereas the ticklings had not disappeared.

He realized that he was indeed "paralyzed", and at this point in time he saw a dark machine, of 8 meters length and 2 meters in height posed on the road, within 20 meters of him.

He became terrified since he could not move, and remained a long while to observe the object which was as motionless as he was.

Then, he saw a silhouette detach from the dark mass and moving towards him, that of a being smaller than a man. The being approached, touched his shoulder, uttered an incomprehensible sound, then turned back to the machine in which he entered.

A few seconds later the dark mass projected a greenish gleam and disappeared in the sky at a tremendous speed. At the same time, Yves David found the use of his members again.

Shaking with fear, he went up on his bicycle and hastened back to his home.

[Ref. bb1:] JACQUES BARTHEL AND GERARD BRUCKER:

The authors indicate that in the case of Vouneuil sur Vienns, the observer contacted twice by letter and once by phone never wanted to talk to them.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET ET JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

French ufologist Michel Figuet investigated on a UFO sighting reported in a newspaper, which wais said to have occurred between Cenon and Vouneuil sur Vienne on September 19, 1954. Figuet later said that "the newspaper made up the story."

In the book by Figuet and Ruchon, it is noted that on September 19, 1954, at 10 p.m. between Cenon and Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, at the locations "le Poutereau" and the location "les Rabottes", a 28 years old peasant of les Breloux in Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, Yves David, was returning from a sale in Targé and circulated on the road. He told:

"The headlight of my motorcycle did not work very well. Suddenly, being between le Poutereau and les Rabottes, I distinguished a mass in the middle of the road. My surprise was great when I saw a kind of armour (as a diver) which advanced towards me. This armour stopped at my level, its arm carressed me and it emitted some inarticulate sounds. I did not move. Then the armour withdrew. At this point in time at a few meters merely I saw a machine of which I am unable to give a description. A green light appeared which paralyzed me and I had no possibility to move. The machine rose from the ground vertically and disappeared without any noise."

Figuet and Ruchon note that there are differences in what is reported back by Aimé Michel and by Jimmy Guieu: Jimmy Guieu reproduces what appeared in newspapers of the time, while Aimé Michel indicates that the witness could not pedal anymore and felt like an electric swarming in all his body, then is got down of his bicycle with difficulty, and recovered the use of his members only after the mass had disappeared in the sky at a tremendous speed.

The authors indicate as sources the newspapers Dauphiné Libéré, France-soir, Le Parisien et La Croix for September 30, 1954, the catalogue by Jacques Vallée and the books of Garreau and Lavier, Michel Carrouges, Jimmy Guieu.

[Ref. in1:]"L'INEXPLIQUE":

One of the most beautiful cases of the 1954 flap remains that of September 17, 1954. That day, close to Cenon, in the Gironde, a farmer rides a bicycle. He feels itchings suddenly all through his body. Surprised, he gets down of the bicycle. He is then "paralysed", while, in front of him, appears what he called a "machine". At this time, a small creature, dressed of a kind of diver's outfit, would have approached him while emitting strange sounds.

He would have touched his shoulder and would have set out again in the "machine", which would have started in a flash emitting a green light. After the departure of the "machine", the witness comes out of his state of paralysis.

[Ref. ls1:] LEONARD STRINGFIELD:

The American ufologist indicates that on September 17, 1954, in France, in Cenon, Yves David met a being in diver's suit who made friendly gestures at him, whereas its voice was inhuman and unintelligible.

The witness was immobilized during the meeting and saw the being enter an apparatus which took off at once and left like a thunderflash while emitting a greenish light.

He indicates that this example of case of a close encounter of the third kind comes from the catalogue by Jacques Vallée who extracted it from the Aime Michel's book.

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

According these two French ufologists, a UFO sighting between Cenon and Vouneuil on September 19 was ultimately an invention by a newspaper.

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

[... Other cases...]

September 17th.

It was a moonless night, the night of the 17th, and the small lamp on M. Yves David's bicycle projected a feeble beam. As he peddled down Route D-1 near Cenon, France; a spooky, wooded area, he became aware of a strange prickling feeling as if he was receiving an electrical shock. A paralysis crept over his body until he had to stop and dismount. The bicycle's lamp, fed by pedal power, went out, leaving David in a darkness lit only by the stars.

Down the road a bit David could barely make out an oblong dark mass he estimated was about 9 feet wide and three feet high. David wanted to flee but his muscles wouldn't obey. Unable to move, David watched as a shadowly figure left the vicinity of the dark mass and moved toward him. As the figure came near, David could only determine that the thing was a living creature "smaller than a man." The being came close enough to touch David's shoulder and utter something that he could not comprehend after which the being returned to the dark mass. Within moments after that, the dark mass emitted a greenish light and launched itself skyward with terrific velocity. With the departure of the dark mass, control returned to David's limbs. He was back to normal except for a bad case of nerves, an intense fear that made him tremble. 74.

According to the newspaper France-Dimanche, Yves David heard the words, if indeed they were words:"Oimph... Grobrezebri... Troboranana!"

The paper proposed: "... the publication of a Franco-Martian dictionary for use by madmen." 76.

[... Other cases...]

  • 75. Article in France-Dimanche (No date given) as quoted in The Saucerian. Vol. I, No.3 September 15, 1954.
  • 76. Ibid.

[Ref. se1:] JOHN SCHUESSLER:

1954/09/17 FRANCE, CENON

Source: Official UFO, Feb. 76
October Scenario

A cyclist approached a UFO on the road. He felt prickling or itching all over his body as if he had an electrical shock. Then he became paralyzed. A small being came from the UFO, touched him, and uttered something. The UFO gave off a greenish glow. The UFO then left.

EFFECTS:
Electrical shock
Tingling or itching
Paralysis

[Ref. jc1:] JACQUES COSTAGLIOLA:

The author indicates that on September 17, 1954 in Vienne a cyclist was immobilized by a disc posed on the road, and a little alien spoke to him and touched him.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

The Belgian ufologist indicates that in 1954, on September 19, in France in Vouneuil sur Vienne "22:30, Yves David, farmer, suddenly sees in the light of his motorcycle's headlight, 20 m further, a kind of long brown mass of approximately 3 m length for l m in height. He stopped amazed and saw coming out of the ditch bordering the road a being of small size covered of a diving-suit and who advanced towards him. The dwarf rubbed with him and spoke to him in a foreign language; then it moved back and reinstated its craft. At this time a green ray was projected on Mr. David, who paralysed instantaneously felt on all the body tickling like electric discharges of low intensity. The green ray died out, the cigar took off to dive vertically in the sky without noise, leaving a greenish gleam behind. (Jimmy Guieu: "Blackout sur les S.V." - Fleuve Noir 1956 - p. 143, 144) (Dauphiné Libéré for 9.30.54)"

He indicates that another version is: "IN REALITY: all that relates to the humanoid would only be a journalistic invention (communication J. Giraud) (Erich ZURCHER: "Les apparitions d'Humanoïdes" - Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 175)".

[Ref. lg3] LOREN GROSS:

The French newspaper France Dimanche published brief accounts of various UFO sightings accompanied by drawings in its October 10, 1954 issue. These were included in the monograph UFOs. A History 1954 September, pages 31-33. Translations by "ADNf' of the French text exist in NICAP files and are provided here for the reader's perusal. (See below)

[... Other cases...]

No. 6 ...the farmer a jar.

At 10:30 p.m. on September 19th, M. David, a farm worker of Breleux (near Poitiers) was returning home on his motor bicycle. Suddenly, he saw on the road, in his headlights beam, 20 meters in front of him, a long brown object. He stopped, and a little helmeted man, coming out of the ditch, came up to him and rubbed against his shoulder, grunting. The creature then hastened into the brown mass (which was shaped like a jar). The machine rose and immediately vanished.

These French cases can be found on page 75 of the monograph UFOs: A History 1954 September. Translations of the French text were also done by NICAP's "ADM." [Alexandre Mebane]

[Ref. sd1:] STEVEN DUNN, OCCUPANTS DATABASE:

DATE DESCRIPTION MICAP_CLAS REF
09/17/1954

Cenon, FR

17 Sep 54

Yves David was biking when he felt a tingling all over his body. He stopped & got off his bike as his headlight went out. In from of him he saw the dark shape of a craft approx. 10' long & 3' high. David was paralyzed & watched as a small silhouette moved away from the craft. It approached him, touched him on the shoulder & returned to the ship which took off. David received the use of his limbs when it was gone.

CE-3-103 Randle/Estes, FOV


DATE DESCRIPTION MICAP_CLAS REF
09/17/1954

Cenon, FR

17 SEP 54

A farmer met a small creature in a diving suit who made friendly gestures and "inhuman and incomprehensible" noises. During encounter farmer could not move. Creature entered spaceship and took off with a greenish light.

May be a variation to Yves David incident.

CE-3-104 Lorenzen, UTWS, pg 172

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

September 19, 10 P.M.: In Cénon/Vouneuil-sur-Vienne (Vienne), Yves David is paralyzed by a green light.

[Ref. jb2:] JEROME BEAU:

September 17: Close to Cenon (the Gironde), a farmer rides his bicycle. He feels itchings suddenly cross his body. Surprised, he gets down of his bicycle. He is then paralyzed while, in front of him, appears what he called a machine. At this time, a small creature dressed with a sort of diving suit approaches him, emitting strange sounds. It touches his shoulder, and sets out again in the machine which starts in a flash while emitting a green light. After its departure, the witness quits his state of paralysis. The description corresponds to that which with Marius Dewilde made, one week earlier.

[Ref. kb1:] KEITH BASTERFIELD:

The Australian ufologist indicates that on 17 September 1954 at 2230 in Cenon, France, cyclist Yves David felt a "prickling” sensation, stopped the bike, and stood for a few minutes, and then felt paralysed. David saw a machine on the road ahead of him, then a little creature approached him and touched him on the shoulder and returned to the machine. The dark mass left, and the paralysis ceased.

He says it is one of the 15 cases in France in 1954 where there was a reported paralysis of the witness or witnesses when they were within a certain distance of a low-level UFO, distances that are 6m (1 case), 20m (2), 50m (2) 100m (1) and 150m (1). He adds that there seems little doubt about a relationship between the UFO and the paralysis, as the paralysis commenced upon observing the UFO and then ceased when the UFO left.

The source is noted "Michel, A. 1958. Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery. New York .Criterion Books. p58".

[Ref. em1:] ERIC MAILLOT:

Eric Maillot, seeking cases of "green rays" in the 1954 French saucers flap, indicates that the case of Cenon Vouneuil on 19 September 1954 including such a "green ray" is quoted in the "Premier Dossier des Rencontres Rapprochées..." by Michel Figuet on page 81. Eric Maillot adds that Michel Figuet specifies that there are "different versions of the facts (by A. Michel)."

[Ref. rh1:] RICHARD HALL:

TABLE 1. UFO OCCUPANT SIGHTINGS, 1954-1963

[...]

September 17, 1954 Yves David, Cenon (Vienne), France 10:30 P.M.

One being smaller than a man; bicyclist felt shock, paralysis, being touched him on shoulder, uttered unintelligible sound; object on road took off, green light".

[...]

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

83.

Location. Cenon France

Date: September 17 1954

Time: 2230

Motorcycling after dark, Yves David felt a sensation like an electric shock, and became paralyzed. Ahead of him he could see an object 9 ft long and 3 ft high. From this emerged a little being much smaller than a man, clad in a "diving suit." This being touched him on the shoulder, uttered some incomprehensible words, and returned to the dark object, which became green luminous and flew away, putting an end to the paralysis.

Humcat 1954-50

Source: Aime Michel

Type: B Humanoid seen exiting landed UFO

High Strangeness Index: 6

ROS: 8

Comments: This type of report describing a humanoid with direct contact with the witness was almost commonplace during the 1954 French wave. The being spoke in an unknown language.

[Ref. jr1:] JEAN-PAUL RONECKER:

The author indicates that on September 17, 1954, in the evening, somewhere on a road of the department of Vienne, a cyclist saw a large dark object posed on the road. He suddenly felt as paralyzed and felt tickling in the body, and suddenly, a being of small size appeared. It carried a combination and a helmet with a visor that let see a hairy face. The being touched the witnesse's shoulder and pronounced some unintelligible words, then left.

[Ref. jb4:] JEROME BEAU - "TOP SECRET":

September 17: near Cenon (Gironde), a farmer rides a bicycle. He suddenly feels itchy through the body. Surprised, he got off his bike. He is then paralyzed while in fromt of him appears what he called a machine. At this point, a little creature dressed in a sort of diving suit approaches him emitting strange sounds. It touches his shoulder and goes into the machine that starts in a flash emitting a green light. After he left, the witness is out of his state of paralysis. The description matches the one made by Marius Dewilde, a week earlier.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Vienne in "Vounneuil sur Vienne" on September 19, 1954 at 22:00 hours, "the witness circulated by motorcycle on the road coming from Cenon. He was about between the place called "Pouterau" and "Rabottes". The headlight of the motorcycle does not function very well any more. Suddenly in the night he notices a mass on the road. Surprised he sees a kind of "armour" like a diver who advanced towards him. The entity stoped at the height of the witness, carresses his arm and emits inarticulate sounds. The witness did not move. The entity withdraws, the witness then sees an object. A green light then appears and the witness finds himself paralysed. The object rises vertically and disappears without any noise."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 September 1954 at 22:30 in Cenon, France, "Unintelligible language. Motorcyclist felt electric shock, paralysis. Ahead was 9' long object, little being emerged, wore diver suit. Being touched him on shoulder, uttered words, returned to object. An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted."

And: "One changing color object, about 10 feet across, was observed by one male 28-year-old witness on a road for five minutes (David, Yves). One 3-foot-tall dwarf, wearing a diver's suit and helmet, was seen."

And: "Motorcycling after dark, Yves David felt a sensation like an electric shock, and became paralyzed. Ahead of him he could see an object 9 ft long and 3 ft high. From this emerged a little being much smaller than a man, clad in a "diving suit." This being touched him on the shoulder, uttered some incomprehensible words, and returned to the dark object, which became green luminous and flew away, putting an end to the paralysis."

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Lorenzen, Coral E., Flying Saucer Occupants, Signet T3205, New York, 1967; Lorenzen, Coral E., UFOs: The Whole Story, Signet T3897, New York, 1969; Lorenzen, Coral E., Encounters with UFO Occupants, Berkley Medallion, New York, 1976, ISBN:425-03093-8; FSR, FSR (formerly Flying Saucer Review), FSR, London, 1966; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Pereira, Jader U., Les Extra-Terrestres, Phenomenes Spatiaux, Paris, 1974; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Vallee, Jacques, A Century of Landings (N = 923), (in JVallee04), Chicago, 1969; Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Carrouges, Michel, Les Apparitions de Martiens, Fayard, Paris, 1963; Binder, Otto, What We Really Know About Flying Saucers, Fawcett T1863, Greenwich, 1967; Rogerson, Peter, World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, NICAP, Washington, 1964; Olsen, Thomas M., The Reference for Outstanding UFO Sighting Reports, UFOIRC, Riderwood, 1966; Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Newspaper Clippings; Hall, Richard H., The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty-Year Report, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2000, ISBN:0-8103-3881-8; Stringfield, L; Rosales, Albert, Humanoid Sighting Reports Database.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 September 1954 22:30, in Cenon, France "Between Cenon and Vouneuil, Yves David, 28, met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures."

And: "Between Cenon and Vouneuil, France at 10:30 p.m. Yves David, age 28, met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures. The being was very small and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move throughout the encounter. He saw the creature enter a three-meter wide by one-meter tall object sitting on the road, and it took off "like lightning." It cast a greenish light as it did so."

And: "Between Cenon and Vouneuil, Yves David, 28, met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures. He was very small and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move throughout the encounter. He saw the creature enter an object on the road, about three meters by one meter in size; it took off "like lightning," throwing a greenish light."

And: "One green object was observed."

The source is indicated as "Vallee Magonia Database".

[Ref. ud3:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 September 1954 at 22:00, in "Vouneuil.Vienne", France, "Unintelligible language" and: "An object was observed. Physiological effects were noted. One object, about 10 feet across, was observed by one male 28-year-old witness in a pasture (David)."

The sources are indicated as Guieu, Jimmy, Flying Saucers Come from Another World, Citadel, New York, 1956; Newspaper Clippings; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that Dr. Jacques Vallee wrote a book titled "Passport to Magnolia" [sic] that highlighted French humanoid incidents associated with UFOs in 1954, which were also described in the more recent book "Situation Red - The UFO Siege" (1977) by Leonard H. Stringfield, including the following:

On September 17 in Cenon, Yves David met a being in a "diving" suit who made friendly gestures... and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move during the encounter. He saw the creature neter an object on the road. It took off "like lightning, throwing a greenish light."

[Ref. pr1:] PETER ROGERSON:

September 17 1954, 2230hrs.

CENON (VIENNE : FRANCE)

Yves David (28) of Pontgame was cycling from Vouneuil-sur-Vienne to Cenon, on this dark night, when at a place called Le Pontereau just outside Cenon, a wooded area, he felt a sort of prickling in his body, like an electric shock. This forced him to stop and dismount, this causing his bicycle lamp to fail. The prickling intensified and he felt paralysed. In the darkness, as his eyes adjusted he saw ahead of him on the road, an object about 3m long and 1m high. After a time he saw a silhouette move towards him from the dark object, this resolved itself into a small being, much smaller than an adult man, that came up to Yves, touched him on the shoulder and utter a sound “inhuman and incomprehensible”, then moved back to the strange object, where it disappeared. A few seconds later this dark mass emitted a greenish light and took off at high speed. According to Alain Gamard this story is a press invention.

Michel 1958, p.58.
Vallee Case 147, citing Le Figaro + La Croix + France Soir + Le Parisien, all 30 September 1954.

[Ref. jb3:] JEROME BEAU:

A week later [after September 10, 1954], a farmer will meet the same creature [as those in Quarouble] and will be immobilized in the same way near Cenon (Gironde).

[Ref. un1:] "UFO NORTHWEST" WEBSITE:

A few dramatic cases [in France in 1954] from the book Situation Red - The UFO Siege are listed below:

Sep. 17 - Cenon. Yves David met a being in a "diving" suit who made friendly gestures...and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move during the encounter. He saw the creature neter an object on the road. It took off "like lightning, throwing a greenish light."

[Ref. gz1:] JULIEN GONZALEZ:

The author indicates that there was a close encounter of the third kind between Cenon and Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, in the Vienne, on September 19, 1954, at 10:00 p.m., with Yves David, 28, a farmer of "Breloux", commune of Vouneuil-sur-Vienne, as witness.

He was returning from a sale at Targé and was traveling on the road from Cenon to Vouneuil. He told: "Suddenly, between the Poutereau and the Rabots, I saw a mass on the middle of the road, and my surprise was great when I saw a kind of cuirass. The armor stopped at my height, stroked my arm and emitted a few inarticulate sounds, I did not move, then the cuirass retreated, only a few yards away. A green light appeared which paralyzed me and I could not move, the machine lifted from the ground at the vertical and disappeared without any noise."

Julien Gonzalez notes that in the book "Les Apparitions d'Humanoïdes" by Eric Zurcher published in 1979, Alain Gamard points out at page 175 that everything about is said to be a journalistic invention according to a communication by Jean Giraud. Contacted, Jean Giraud could not confirm the fact and if there had been a counter-investigation on his part on this case "which must therefore be taken with all the cautious that is necessary as to its authenticity."

The sources are indicated as Le Libre Poitou for September 30, 1954; France-Soir for September 30, 1954; Le Parisien for September 30, 1954; Michel Carrouges, "Les apparitions de Martiens", page 116; C. Garreau and R. Lavier, "Face aux Extra-Terrestres", page 67; Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, "OVNI: le premier dossier des rencontres rapprochées en France", page 81.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 17, 1954 - Between Cenon and Vouneuil, France at 10:30 p.m. Yves David, age 28, met a being in a diving suit who made friendly gestures. The being was very small and had a voice "inhuman and incomprehensible." The witness could not move throughout the encounter. He saw the creature enter a three-meter wide by one-meter tall object sitting on the road, and it took off "like lightning." It cast a greenish light as it did so. (Sources: Le Figaro, September 30, 1954; Aime Michel, Flying Saucers and the Straight Line Mystery, p. 58; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 210; David F. Webb & Ted Bloecher, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, case # 1954-50 (A0249), citing Aime Michel).

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Date: September 17 1954

Location: Cenon France

Time: 2230

Summary: Motorcycling after dark, Yves David felt a sensation like an electric shock, and became paralyzed. Ahead of him he could see an object 9 ft long and 3 ft high. From this emerged a little being much smaller than a man, clad in a “diving suit.” This being touched him on the shoulder, uttered some incomprehensible words, and returned to the dark object, which became green luminous & flew away, putting an end to the paralysis.

Source: Aime Michel

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database records this same case 27 times!

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon Vouneuil France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Cénon France
19540917 17.09.1954 Cenon France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Vouneuil France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Vouneuil Vienne France 22.30 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Vouneuil France 22.00 CE III
19540919 19.09.1954 Vouneuil Vienne France 22.00 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Le Pontereau France 22.30 CE III
19540917 17.09.1954 Le Pontereau France 22.30 CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Made up by a newspaper.

Explanations:

Not investigated yet. Seems to be a journalistic invention or an invention by the witness.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Cenon, Vienne, Vouneuil, Yves David, occupant, occupants, spacesuit, humanoid, voice, gestures, paralyzed, object, road, green, luminous, fast, landing, hoax, invention

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

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